Ragdoll Blaster 3: It’s Playtime

What would the iPhone be without games? With amazing graphics, multitouch, an accelerometer and a gyro, it’s gotta be the best gaming console ever. If you add a gigantic list of games, you’ve got yourself a very effective timekiller device.

So what’s the latest and greatest game to have? It’s Ragdoll Blaster 3, a game which became popular recently on the App Store and was actually selected as Game Of The Week by Apple not too long ago. Featuring beautiful graphics, a very relaxing sound track and addictive gameplay, this is great game if you’re tired of (or already beat) all of the Angry Birds titles. Let’s take a look at what this is all about.

Playing With Dolls?

Ragdoll Blaster 3 is a puzzle game, which can be compared to Angry Birds in some ways. It combines a physics engine with cannons and dolls. It may sound silly (it actually does), but it’s a lot of fun! The objective of each level is to throw the aforementioned dolls at a bullseye, collecting golden buttons on the way. You throw these dolls using a cannon, and the less dolls required to complete each level the better. Collecting more buttons earns you more points, and they can later be used to purchase more ragdoll models.

The game's launch screen. Small tip: you can tap the ragdoll.

The game's launch screen. Small tip: you can tap the ragdoll.

The game, although pretty simple, is very fun to play. Simply aim, choose how much power you want to use and shoot. Levels are fairly easy at the beginning, and start to get a little more complicated every time. You begin by simply shooting at the bullseye, but then you get to levels where, for example, you need to shoot other cannons to enable them in order to reach the goal. Later levels show different ragdoll types, like the ice doll, which slides over the ice instead of just stopping when it reaches the floor. This type of doll will have you calculating how much force you need to apply so it won’t slide too far and goes through loops without falling.

Tap and drag to aim, release to shoot.

Tap and drag to aim, release to shoot.

In terms of customization and settings, there isn’t much to say. You can turn music and sounds on or off, and, if you’re really badass and want to add some extra difficulty, you can switch the Aim Assist off. You can access these settings from the launch screen, tapping the cog on the top right.

The Ragdoll Store

Playing each game, you’ll collect golden buttons. These are the game’s internal currency, and it allows you to buy many different ragdoll costumes. The ones I purchased had no special powers or features, but they seemed to be heavier and behaved a little differently than the normal dolls, so they may actually be worth the investment, so to speak.

You have a lot of dolls to choose from.

You have a lot of dolls to choose from.

You can also buy other stuff on the game using real currency. For example, you can buy hints and rocket dolls for each level which can help you get through those difficult levels — and trust me, the game may sound childish but it’s got some pretty confusing challenges. If you ever run out of buttons, and you really need to quench that consumerism thirst, you can buy more from the Button Store via in-app purchases.

Buying golden buttons. Careful though, they're gold for a reason.

Buying golden buttons. Careful though, they're gold for a reason.

Design Is Important

It’s been mentioned in iPhone.AppStorm before in some way or another, and we all know this to be true: design matters in iOS apps (well, any app really), and this game is no exception. One of the most impressive thing of the game were the graphics. The developers clearly focused on design a lot, and it really pays off. The game is just beautifully designed. It boasts high-res graphics that really take advantage of the Retina display, and it’s full of details like the world selector that make the app a bliss to play with.

The animation between these books is just a very nice detail.

The animation between these books is just a very nice detail.

Another nice touch is the music. Like I mentioned before, it’s very nice and relaxing, and suits the game pretty well.

Final Thoughts

I think this is the most beautiful game I’ve played on the iPhone. It’s just gorgeous: colors, details, everything makes you feel comfortable playing the game. The idea is quite nice and very fun. I don’t get the feeling of frustration I get with other puzzle games similar to this one when a level is too difficult. You really have a lot of fun playing the game. Plus, it features Game Center, so competing with your friends is just another great excuse to play the game!

One downside is that there aren’t too many levels (although I’m sure they’ll be adding more with upcoming updates) and some levels make you wanna play the game on an iPad, because they simply don’t fit the tiny iPhone screen. Perhaps buying the game on your iPad isn’t such a bad idea (it’s actually available on the App Store, although it’s more expensive than the iPhone version).

So there you have it! This is one highly recommended game. Give it a chance and check it out.


Summary

Fire ragdolls with a cannon to beat challenging levels.

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